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Modern Sari By Shivang Chandna 

The Traditional Indian Outfit Is Composed Of Two Components- Uttariya And Antariya; The Former Being The Upper Body Covering And The Latter Used To Describe The Lower Body Garment. The Modern Interpretation Of The Sari Aims To Retain The Traditional Silhouette Of The Garment While Juxtaposing Modern Influences Expressed Through Its Construction, Composition And Craft. 

The Uttariya Combines Structural Elements Of A Point Collar Dress Shirt And The Embroidered Craft Of HandSpun Indian Fabric. The Lower Half Of The Top Has Been Cut Out To Reveal The Navel Of The Wearer, Which Is Believed To Be The Source Of Creativity And Living. The Antariya Is An A-Line Pleated Skirt That Was Crafted Using An UpCycled Mens Dhoti. Cropped Length Of The Skirt And Addition Of Side Pockets Were Ensured To Increase Functionality, A Need Often Ignored In The Construction Of Indian Womenswear.

It Was Designed By Shivang Chandna And Constructed In New Delhi, India.


Modern Sherwani By Anish Basavalingiah

This Garment Conceptually Started From A Classical Sherwani- A “Formal/Court '' Garment From The Indian SubContinent, Popularized By 18th/19th Century Persian Influence On The Mughal Empire. In Tune With The End Of The Collection’s Trend In Concept, The Sherwani Was DeConstructed Into Its Core Design Elements And ReConsidered, Following With A Reconstruction Of The Elements That Challenged Them To Be Applied And ReConstructed In A New And More Experimental Manner. 


For Example, The Rectangular Shape Is Extended Below The Knee And Above The Head, Enclosing Embroidered Elements Within Its Transparent Layers. Additionally, The Embroidered Flower Elements Extend Off The Cuff And Flow Over The Hand. Moreover, A Zipper Is Added And The Silhouette Is Taken From Broad And Roomed, To Tight And Cut Around The Body. Besides The Plethora Of Other Structural Experiments And Alterations Of Convention, The Color Scheme Follows A Traditional Indian Aesthetic. Lastly, Raw Elements Are Incorporated In Consideration Of The DeConstructed Concept.


It Was Constructed By Anish Basavalingiah In Ann Arbor, MI.

This Art Installation Was A Part Of The Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month At The University Of Michigan Museum Of Art 

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